Authentic Vineyard Estate
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Live the dream of owning a truly authentic 6,671 SF Custom Vineyard Estate Home on 16.2 Acres in the Livermore Valley Wine Country!
7 Bedrooms ~ 6 Baths ~ In Law Apartment ~ 6,671 square feet
Pastoral setting with lush landscaping including a vineyard, olive trees, fruit trees and rose garden and 14.9 Acres of Chardonnay (Estate Grown for Darcie Kent Vineyards) Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel Grapes.
Set amongst acres of mature vineyards and rolling hills, this spectacular Tuscan Estate is only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. From the moment you arrive at this elegant custom home in the exclusive Crane Ridge Vineyards of the Southern Livermore Valley, you are whisked away to an Italian country side, lush with vineyards, fruit trees, manicured gardens and fresh air.
The grand front entrance opens into an exquisite Tuscan farmhouse-style home that is as beautiful as it is warm and inviting. Every window in this one-of-a-kind estate offers a captivating vista of the lush vineyards, valley and surrounding hills, including a beautiful view North to majestic Mount Diablo.
A turreted entry foyer with travertine and intricate custom-designed stone medallion inlaid floor leads to an oversized great room, blending a step-down living room, an elegant dining room with French doors leading to the back patio, and the kitchen and nook. Italian cypress tree columns and ceiling beams made of reclaimed wood from a Sonoma barn support this beautiful space.
The kitchen is a chef’s dream, featuring hand-crafted cabinets, marble countertops from the Amalfi Coast, and a solid marble farmhouse sink. Appliances include a Viking Professional Series® 6-burner cooktop with “invisible” ventilation, SubZero refrigerator, and two Bosch® dishwashers. An oven, convection oven, microwave and trash compactor round out this well-appointed space. The eat-in nook includes built-in seating and windows with stunning views overlooking the vineyard. The flooring throughout the kitchen has NuHeat® Radiant Heat built in for those cold winter mornings and evenings.
There are two bedrooms on the lower level. Each has pine doors, teak closet doors, and a private bath with stone tile counter and French cabinets. Also on this level are an executive office with lovely views of the surrounding hills, a spacious wine cellar, and a redwood stairway leading to the in-law apartment on the second floor.
Upstairs, you will find the relaxing master suite which features a wood-beam accented ceiling with ceiling fan, gas fireplace with insert and stone surround, a large walk-in closet, a private retreat sitting area, and access to 2 large balconies with breathtaking views. The ensuite Master Bath is truly luxurious with Noce travertine flooring imported from Italy, a double vanity and sinks with antique cabinetry, a jetted oversized tub, and a large separate shower with double shower heads. All of the master bath’s large windows have exquisite views.
The upstairs level also includes three additional bedrooms and a cozy in-law apartment studio, which boasts its own bathroom, a small balcony, and a kitchen with refrigerator and range. There is private access to the apartment, as well as shared access from the downstairs kitchen.
The backyard is truly a resort-styled outdoor oasis! The pool area includes a pebble-tech bottom, saline water pool with beach entry, a waterfall and a spa. There is also an outdoor kitchen area with a gas-powered industrial grill with 3 grilling areas, cooktop and rotisserie as well as an outdoor gas fireplace. There are several patio areas with walkways to the gardens and panoramic views of the vineyard and rolling hills.
This magnificent estate is one of only seven homes in a private, gated community originally developed and planted by Wente Brothers, the largest winemaker in the historic Livermore Valley. The home boasts 14.2 acres of mature vineyards planted with Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel varieties, which are estate bottled, vineyard designated, and sold exclusively to and by Darcie Kent Vineyards.
All farming, maintenance, repair and harvesting has been handled and paid for by Darcie Kent Vineyards (DKV), which has an “evergreen” lease on the vineyard at a base rate of $15,000 per year. Homeowner pays only for the irrigation water and property tax. Additionally, the lease rate is augmented each year based on the quantity of grapes used by DKV in its ultra-premium, vineyard-designated wines at the rate of $500 per ton. In 2014, the annual lease payment was $24,000 and is expected to be the same in 2015.
Darcie Kent Vineyards, one of Livermore Valley’s premier wineries, has committed to revitalizing the vineyard by a phased re-planting over the next several years, starting in late 2015. This substantial investment in the vineyard, which will double the number of vines, improve and diversify plant material with the introduction of Pinot Noir and Grüner Veltliner, and significantly elevate quality potential, will have a positive long term impact on the income and value of the property. Estimated annual net income, which has averaged $24,000 over the past two years is forecast to double behind this investment.
The operating lease allows DKV to make “estate grown & bottled” claims regarding all the grapes from the vineyards. DKV typically vineyard-designates by distinct farming blocks and we currently employ a DeMayo block and a Hoffman block designations. The new owner could allow us to attach their last name to one of the blocks that are being re-developed if they want to have wines bearing their name in the market. DKV can also do small amounts of custom bottling, as we did for the Hoffman Olive Oil, if the new owners so wish.
Contact Donna Garrison at 925-980-0273 or Susan Schall at 925-519-8226 for more information.